Investor insights: Where should you put your money?

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Investor insights: Where should you put your money?

About the speaker
  • Yusuf Özdalga
    Yusuf Özdalga
    Partner at QED Investors
    Yusuf is a London-based partner at QED Investors with a focus on U.K. and European fintech and proptech companies. Yusuf joined QED in 2017, and his career has spanned roles as an operator, advisor, entrepreneur and investor. His current portfolio of investments include Wagestream, Fidel API, Capitalise, Rest Less, Wayflyer, Weavr, GetGround and Payhawk. Yusuf started his career at Capital One in 1997 where he helped develop many of the innovative lending solutions in the underserved credit segment. Subsequently he joined the Financial Institutions M&A Group at J. P. Morgan in 2003, advising banks and specialty finance companies on mergers, public listings and capital raising. He started his professional investing career in 2006, with a focus on specialty finance and consumer credit companies in Europe, including early fintech investments such as some of the first online loan originators in Sweden. Prior to joining QED, Yusuf was an investment director with a growth private equity fund, helping fast-growing companies and entrepreneurs build lasting franchises by leveraging the power of data analytics. Yusuf holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with High Honors, and a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce with Distinction. He completed his undergraduate degree with a dual concentration in Finance and MIS. Yusuf is fluent in English, Swedish and Turkish and has a working knowledge of German. He is currently studying Bosnian/Serbo-Croatian.

Key takeaways

The total amount of funding volume in 2021 will level out in the coming years.

Venture capitals are interested in investing in fintech start-ups, cryptos, and de-fi solutions.

E-commerce and remote working solutions are on the rise based on changing behaviours of consumers and companies.

Focus on your competencies as an investor and how you add value to the company you're investing in.